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BTEC National in IT Practitioners Level 3 at Bacon's College

Course description

A BTEC National Award is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations,activities and demands. Students focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

The course also benefits from a flexible unit structure which matches content to students’ interests. Possible optional units include computer animation, e-Commerce and computer games development.

Course content

Communication and Employability

Skills for IT Computer Systems

Information Systems

Principles of Design Software

Advanced Database Skills

Advanced Spreadsheet Skills.

Analysis and Design

Communication Technology

Website Management and Production

Digital Graphics

E-Commerce Developing

Computer Games.

Entry requirements

You should have 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and Mathematics. It would be beneficial to have studied ICT before but this is not essential.


Students choosing this course are often those who excel at coursework tasks rather than exams. This course is assessed by 100% coursework so students need to be well organised and have good attendance. Students must be willing to develop their knowledge and ICT skills through independent learning.

This is particularly important because GCSE ICT is not a pre-requisite for studying this course and new concepts and ideas will be introduced early on. Additionally, applicants should be aware that the course is worth the equivalent of two A-Levels.

Future opportunities

BTEC National Awards are valued by employers and higher education institutions universities and colleges. The Award supports learners in applying for jobs in IT related careers such as administration, customer service, finance and a variety of types of technical work, such as system support, analysis and design, and software testing.

Students may progress to higher education or other higher vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Certificates in Computing or IT Practitioners or an NVQ at Level 4. An increasing number of students have progressed to undergraduate study through vocational subjects such as IT Practitioners so the course is also attractive to those students who are unsure about the future direction they wish to take at the end of their post-16 studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bacon's College directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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